Grant aimed at helping to meet the growing need for college-educated workers
The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Foundation has received an $800,000 grant to encourage former students to re-enroll and complete their two- or four-year degrees as part of a new program to raise college completion rates in Minnesota.
The grant from the Lumina Foundation for Education will fund the Returning Adults to Progress in Degree Completion Program, also known as RAPID Completion. The four-year grant enables the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system to conduct a statewide outreach campaign that will offer information on how students can complete degrees in a timely manner. Options include taking online courses, enrolling in accelerated programs with flexible start dates and receiving course credits for work experience.
About 160,000 former students who attended a system college or university in the last 10 years and already have 15 or more college credits have been identified through system records.
The Lumina Foundation's goal is to increase the proportion of Americans with high-quality degrees or credentials to 60 percent by 2025 from the current 40 percent. Currently, about 45 percent of Minnesota's adults have college degrees. A recent study by Georgetown University researchers predicted that 70 percent of the jobs in Minnesota will require postsecondary education in the next decade or so.
In light of these issues, Lumina Foundation also awarded 18 other grants to assist adult learners with college credits in finishing their degrees. Based in Indianapolis, Lumina Foundation is a private, independent foundation that strives to help people achieve their potential by expanding access to and success in education beyond high school.
New or returning students can find information about program options by calling 800-456-8519.